700 Billion Dollars?

September 29th, 2008

Today’s VIDEO focuses on the our current financial problems here in the US. I know you’ve probably seen alot of coverage on this issue, but the video I’ve linked here gives you a really good idea what’s really at stake here. I hope you take a bit of time and listen to it (it’s about 30 or so minutes in length). Also here’s a link to an ARTICLE that describe the current bill as of 9/29. After you read & listen, give me some of your thoughts.

Tent Cities and Government

September 21st, 2008

The ARTICLE I picked for this week revolves around some interesting effects of the dismal housing market (and resulting increase of foreclosures). I think the article is important as it highlights the problem of what to do with a dismal housing market as well as the negative effects this market has on the larger economy.

The economy aside, however, this article addresses the surprising reality that our homeless populations are increasing in part as direct result of these foreclosures. What do you think our government’s role should be in this situation? Should they “bail” these banks out to the tune of 700 billion dollars (see this ARTICLE) or let the letting the housing market crash (what effects would such a crash have on the larger economy?). As I stated, it’s a very interesting question. What do you think?

Anyway, it’s time for “God’s Team” to take the field against some team from Green Bay so I gotta go. Go Cowboys!

Prison Reading, Religion, and Punishment

September 14th, 2008
I found this ARTICLE about 9 months ago and thought I’d save it for my blog entries. I’m not sure how many of you feel about prison and convicted criminals, but most of you would agree that convicts should be allowed to read books of their choice. Don’t misunderstand I’m not sure I want all prisoners given access to books like The Turner Diaries and such, but what about religious books? Should convicted criminals be allowed to read books that are similar to their religious views? Part of me believes this should be a right (no matter what you’ve done), still I’m not sure. What does the U.S. Constitution have to say about reading, religion and punishment? I mean, it’s not like the availability of a book in a library means a person HAS to read it. On the other hand, what about books that may incite violence between groups or violence generally? What does the government have to say about that type of literature inside locked down facilities?What do you think?

Voting & Citizenship

September 7th, 2008

I try very hard in class not to place pressure on students on how they should feel about one particular subject or another. For instance, I try to not to pressure them to believe they way I do about universal healthcare, immigration, the economy, etc. However, I sometimes become overly passionate about certain topics, which I fear probably “tips my hand”.

That said I do want to urge you to not only educate yourself about voting issues, but also to get out and vote. I seriously don’t care how you vote (to each her/his own), just get out and vote. Arguably more important is educating one about why he/she is voting for candidate “A” or “B”. It doesn’t matter what your major may be (coaching, art, philosophy, or astronomy), we all, as citizens, get out and cast our own educated vote.

Now you may be asking “What does he mean by educate myself about voting?” One may say, for instance, “I have educated myself about voting by talking with friends and family regarding whom they like.” This, in my opinion, is only 50% of the task. The other 50% requires you to read and/or listen to the candidates opinions on important subjects. You can do this by simply looking on numerous websites. CNN has recently created a WEBPAGE that functions to inform the citizenry of this very thing. Maybe you should check it out! If you don’t like CNN (I have a friend who refers to the network as the “Communist News Network”), then find another site to educate yourself on the issues and candidates. The main concern is that you develop your own (instead of your girl/boy friend or parents) rationale of why you are voting for candidate “A” or “B”

That said what do you feel are the most important issues for November and why?

A New Semester

September 2nd, 2008

So most of you are probably wondering when I will start blogging for the fall 2008 semester. Well, you can return here this Sunday evening (September 7) and find my first blog. See ya then.